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You are probably pretty damn Canadian if:

-You are writing AU!not-so-damn-stupid!Garrosh Hellscream explaining just WTF he was doing with the Evel Knievel dirigible shit...

...And you write him as saying he was "trying to deke that damn dragon out, keep it away from the rest of the zeppelins" and then realize that you've written an Orc explaining that he was trying to deke something out and that you didn't even think twice about using "deke" even though Orcs probably don't say "deke" and chances are a bunch of your readers won't know WTF that word even means anyway. lawl.

In conclusion, nonstupid punkass Garrosh is fun to write because he does things like almost Leeroy a zeppelin into a mountain in effort to deke a dragon out so it doesn't eat the rest of his troops. And hey if the Alliance sees him being a a raging badass deke-master or their airship pwns the dragon too, so much the better.

Also I've had too much caffeine.

ETA: Uh wow lol maybe I should explain the Canuck-ese--'deke' is abbreviated from 'decoy', and it's hockeyslang. XD Deke (out) = feinting, faking someone out.
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Ohh. Emm. Eff. Gee.

I know beta is beta and all this is subject to change.

But.

Thus far?

I can have Remorseless Winter


and


I will get Soul Reaper

EXCUSE ME


FANPLOSION

yes, i really like teh lich king ;p
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When I first saw these guys, I immediately thought "Okay that's weird but not totally unheard-of."

Reason is, my sister used to own a Green iguana. Ralphie, like all iguanas, had a parietal eye on the top of her head, between her actual eyes and back a scootch. it looked like a slightly different scale. While in most critters with a parietal eye it's just photoreceptive, in Tuataras it's more developed. Quoth wikipedia: "It has its own lens, cornea, retina with rod-like structures, and degenerated nerve connection to the brain, suggesting it evolved from a real eye."

Maybe Azeroth's basilisks have a third eye much like a Tuatara or Iguana (on whom it's fairly hard to see unless you know what you're looking for), and in the Outland critters it's still an actual eye? While it's not in the same place on their heads, there may be a crazy WoW biology reason for that. Whether it's 'Azerothian basilisks have a parietal eye that evolved form an actual eye' or 'Outland basilisks are Azerothian critters whose parietal eye evolved back into a third eye because WOOO TWISTING NETHER' or what, I can't really say!

Either way, a lizard with three eyes isn't impossible. WE HAVE SOME HERE XD it's just not an eyeball-eye as such.

Also, it's interesting to note that dragons, proto-drakes and basilisks are all six-limbed (yes, protos have six limbs, their foremost ones are just ittybitty)...and that Proto-drakes use their wings as an extra set of walky-legs/balancin' arms when they're on the ground. And they still have the 'lisk underbite (and so do Dragons though it's less pronounced). So you can see where the Titans went *pokity pokity*.

IT'S REALLY COOL XD I like when IRL biology and game biology make sense in relation to one another.


(I fully blame OMFG.FM podcast archives for getting me to think of this, specifically the Abstract Polygon segments of Council of Six. Someday I will figure out how to thank Strixus for being the second person to let me know I'm not alone in going gosh-wow nerdity over little details. My awesome girlfriend is the first one who did, and she is the most instrumental in encouraging me to do this nerdery; we have long discussions about Azerothian cuisine and B'elf desserts, so. XD)
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(NOTE: if you've seen these on WoWHead--yes, that was me! I know it's somewhat wimpy of me to have posted under a masculine alias--and under the in-universe IM handle of an old RP character, even, the nerdherding WRAPS AROUND TWICE--but a lot of things seem like a good idea after a couple bottles of hard cider and very little sleep. Egad, narf, poit and so on.)

So sometimes, I get bored.

Sometimes I get bored and there's a headless pyromaniac like *HAPEN* all over WoW with rhyming couplets.

And then poetry is like *HAPEN*. Because it has to.

Then sometimes I get an anthology manga that has that headless pyromaniac's backstory in it.

And then more poetry--yeah you get the picture.

(Warning: there are spoilers for the Horseman's backstory in here!)

(FURTHER Warning: THIS IS STUPID.)

So without further ado, I present:

VARIOUS AND SUNDRY NOT-REALLY-ODES TO THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN! )

And a bonus NEVER BEFORE SEEN because you bore with me! How the Risen view their 'boss' is pure conjecture on my part, and probably pees on the altar of canon...but seeing as they are all completely off their heads, they don't ACT any differently than their living counterparts, and they still call themselves the Scarlet Crusade...yeah, I'm thinking they're a TAD delusional. If they know who he really is, they're not letting on to ME, so I'm assuming they're really in denial. :B

But anyway, on with the nonsense, and I apologize for any exploding of canon...

... )
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(As background: head-canonically, Ishandarr (my DK) was one of Keleseth's guards and aides back when Arthas was still kneading his brain pre-Light's-Hope. This is basically like herding cats.)

So tonight was like this--

Me: *decides to try to solo Utgarde Keep*

Utgarde: *is set to Heroic!*

Me: *has forgotten this* *and glyphs*

RNG: *loves to pants me*

Ishandarr: *wanders into Utgarde Keep and wtfPWNz everything*

Keleseth: *wanders around deep in thought, oblivious to the fact that Ishan is IN HIS BASE and IS KILLIN HIS MANS until Ishan is like an inch from him*

Ishan: Hi. *clunks Kel on the head*

Kel: HEY OW

RNG: *steals my drawers*

Me: dafuq?

Kel: :D! *spams* *frost tomb* *A MILLION AND TWIDDLEDY-SEVEN* *TIMES*

Ishan: @_o dafuq? *K.O.'d*

Kel: :3 So--because I won I get to keep him, right? ♥

Ishan: OW. Okay, spamming ice magic on the guy who is going to be wearing bed socks forever on account of because his toes rival Icecrown for stupid levels of cold? Is complete freaking bollocks. Also, no. Also, OW.

Kel: Come and help me find Navarius's copy of Thinking With Portals; he's all cross because he thinks I lost it.

Me: That was demented.

Ishan: That was a masterpiece of understatement.

Plotbunnies: * flourish!*

Me: ...Balls.
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They are enormous, prim, articulate, intellectual Ancient-Egypt-y spiders and that rocks.

So this made me really happy to see. XD

I like that people remember that Anub'arak wasn't a sellout. (I'm guessing it's epic spider pride /\8/\ that makes the living Nerubians figure he is; after all, nothing could possibly outwit or outclobber Anub so he must've thrown in his lot with the bodiless oaf, right? Most improper!) And that the Nerubians are not exactly willing fandoobies like the Cult of the Damned. Nerubians are arachnid Vulcans. XD

Blizzard seems to forget this, but they've forgotten a lot of stuff when it's convenient or Metzen hit the beer bong too hardthey got lazy or they forgot and didn't bother to look things up or w/e. Which...that's going the right way to futz your way into a corner plotwise. Diamond-shattering side-eye goes here.

ANYHOW back to the Nerubians...I wish we'd seen more of them in WoW, and we had gotten to go to Azjol-Nerub. We may well in the future if they move its zone map somewhere that isn't under Northrend lol--portal it like Quel'Thalas maybe. There are still old gods kicking about after all. I DUNNO MAN LOL WISHFUL THINKING.

self-indulgent AU yammering XD )
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So I've been listening to the Blue Plz podcast archives whilst I work (it helps me focus) and hit on an earlier episode in which TotalBiscuit interviewed Oxhorn (he of ROFLMAO fame); they mentioned a machinima called "Birth of the Forsaken" in which the music used was Verbum Caro Factum Est, and I immediately pounced on Youtube once I got home.

I am probably the only person ever who had not seen this yet. Lolol.

Yeah, it's old--it predates Sylvanas's blue high-elven-looking model and the stupidfestival with the way she's handled by writers; she's still got the Night Elf one here. Varimathras's old low-poly model makes an appearance here too. It's a very simple video. Not many fancy SFX at all, if there are any. But it works. The MOOD in this thing, WOW. The atmosphere. It's really, really evocative. The procession reminded me of the 'Ave Maria' sequence from Fantasia (though they really do not look much alike at all, snerk--this is how my mind works).

I don't know--something about this vid just hit me right between the eyes and smackbang in the heart simultaneously. Some of it is that I'm a sucker for choral music. Some of it is that I really like Sylvanas (though heaven save me from her stanning doofus fans, eesh) and this machinima made my brain hop back to comparing her to Jeanne d'Arc. (I have sane reasons for this comparison! It's not OMG EXACTLY TEH SAEM but rather who she is to her people and what she did for them.) Some of it is that I love Tirisfal and think it's beautiful, and I feel the same about Undercity. IT IS A BUNCH OF THINGS!

And now I keep imagining a Forsaken-and-DK choir singing Verbum Caro and that mental image refuses to go away even though it's very silly. The idea of Thassarian singing tenor is just glorious. Nathanos, of course, is baritone. (So's Ishandarr lol OCs. XD)
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Crimson Hall music! It has a sax in that sounds rather "Akio Car"-theme-esque.

A thing I wish the WotLK expansion had done is touch on the Blood Elves' legitimate beef with Arthas. And, y'know, explained why he seems to have thins Thing about elves....

The Crimson hall, and the Blood Princes' and Lana'thel's story, intrigue the hell out of me because they give me so much potential to PLAY WITH. I mean--for one, Lana is not avenging a boyfriend. That's something. Thalorien was not her lover or her husband, he was her best friend. It's unusual to see that in a franchise that seems to have narfed out a lot with gender role business. And not only is this the case, Lana manages to hold her own against wtfhax!Arthas for a while before he AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs and wins.

I really, really wish more of this story had been touched on in depth. Like--we know roughly who Valanar and Co. are with regard to their rank before death, and what happened to them, but little else. I would have LOVED to have seen something of their story, or Taldaram's, or AAAANY of the elfpires'. Who were Kal and Val before death? Why are they so close (the 'dear brother' thing--)? Who is Taldaram and why is he entrusted with such a big deal project? We know Kel and Val are asskickers if we have a DK and met them in the starter zone, but Tal is just kinda there. Who is he besides a dramatic pyro who has a habit of teleporting wayfuck across the room for the purpose of nomming boosted lowbies? AND! WTF happened to Atherann and Theraldis? SO much of the stuff dealing with the San'layn is SO intriguing. And the whole idea of the San'layn themselves beggars the question of what the heck is with Arthas's preoccupation with the Blood Elves seriously he has got an entire wing that is basically a harem there is something going on here you cannot tell me there is not.

There's a lot of things I wish had happened. For a big one, I wish we'd seen Garrosh get genuinely scared of LK, [ETA: if Nerz shows his hand and goes "OHAI" XD;;;] because, fuck, Ner'zhul is THE boogeyman after Gul'dan. He broke Draenor. He's become the opposite of everything orcs pride themselves on being. He has no honour. He doesn't sleep. I would have frigging LOVED to see Garrosh's loudmouthed bravado depicted as covering up his own fear and trying to convince himself that he is a bad enough dude to rescue the presidentkick the Lich King's ass. BUT--yeah. Characterization was one thing Wrath needed some huge help with.

I wish too that we'd seen evidence of the relationship that the Arthas novel introduced, i.e. Arthas and Varian being OMGBFF and having more chemistry than any of the canon pairings because Christie Golden hit up the Blizzard beer bong too many times. I mean, there's some stuff going on that you can easily parse as deliberate trollan--how the plague of the zombie invasion was spread, for example, and again with the plagued grain at Farshire. Like that's such a "HAY VARIAN THIS REMIND YOU OF ANYTHING?" But then Varian hasn't gotten much in characterization full-stop outside the comics, let alone consistent thoughtful characterization, so NARF NARF POIT EGAD LOOKS LIKE AH GOTTA RITE THIS MAHSELF.

...And now I'm stuck with the mental image of( my version of) Varian hearing about the Crimson Halls, kind of BLINKING A LOT FOR A WHILE and then going, "...Why...does that bastard have a harem full of--of--elfpires!?"

And Jaina's all "Long story."

In conclusion Aethas is so freakin' Kael and no one can dissuade me from this.
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So I'm semi-low-level questing again; finishing up the Hero of the Mag'har questline on my DK, even though it's chronologically not possible for Ishandarr to have done this. (He was busy being fascinated by his toes wiggling after being newly-rezzed by Arthas, at this point in time.)

...Okay, I love Greatmother Geyah to pieces.

AND I REALLY WANT TO HUG GARROSH OKAY.

And more things! )
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TITLE: Exeunt Omnes?
FANDOM: WoW
PEOPLE: Sylvanas and Koltira
PAIRING: Implied Thass/Koltira. I SHIP IT HARD.
RATING: PG-ish, I think, just for discussion of past violence, and one or two cusses.
WARNINGS: Discussion of nasty war tactics (in particular the shit pulled in WCIII by a certain commander), and of Varian's and Garrosh's canonical pasts.
NOTES: This is one of few times you will ever see me working in WoW's canon proper. XD Of course, my take on the canon events is much different. Basically--ever wondered why the Andorhal questline's writing was so shitty and hammy, and why everyone was acting liek they were hopped up on something potent? Read on. XD

exit stage right, pursued by a banshee )

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